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Symbolic and Structural Archaeology

Symbolic and Structural Archaeology


Part of New Directions in Archaeology

  • Editor: Ian Hodder, Stanford University, California
Ian Hodder, D. Miller, Christopher Tilley, M. Alison Wylie, Susan Kus, Linda Wiley Donley, H. L. Moore, Mary Braithwaite, Michael Parker Pearson, Margaret W. Conkey, Michael Shanks, Stephen Shennan, Mark Leone
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  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035507

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  • This volume presents a searching critique of the more traditional archaeological methodologies and interpretation strategies and lays down a firm philosophical and theoretical basis for symbolist and structuralist studies in archaeology. A variety of procedures, ranging from ethnoarchaeological studies and computing techniques to formal studies of artefact design variability, are utilized to provide models for archaeologists within the proposed framework and the theory and models are then applied to a range of archaeological analyses. This particular approach sees all human actions as being meaningfully constituted within a social and cultural framework. Material culture is not simply an adaptive tool, but is structured according to sets of underlying principles which give meaning to, and derive meanings from, the social world. Thus structural regularities are shown to link seemingly disparate aspects of material culture, from funerary monuments to artefact design, from the use of space in settlements, to the form of economic practices.

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    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035507
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 209 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.472kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Part I. The Development of Theory:
    1. Theoretical archaeology: a reactionary view Ian Hodder
    2. Artefacts as products of human categorisation processes D. Miller
    3. Social formation, social structures and social change Christopher Tilley
    4. Epistemological issues raised by a structuralist archaeology M. Alison Wylie
    Part II. The Search for Models:
    5. Matters material and ideal Susan Kus
    6. House power: Swahili space and symbolic markers Linda Wiley Donley
    7. The interpretation of spatial patterning in settlement residues H. L. Moore
    8. Decoration as ritual symbol: a theoretical proposal and an ethnographic study in southern Sudan Mary Braithwaite
    9. Structures and strategies: an aspect of the relationship between social hierarchy and cultural change D. Miller
    10. Mortuary practices, society and ideology: an ethnoarchaeological study Michael Parker Pearson
    Part III. Application: The Analysis of Archaeological Materials:
    11. Boundedness in art and society Margaret W. Conkey
    12. Ideology, symbolic power and ritual communication: a reinterpretation of Neolithic mortuary practices Michael Shanks and Christopher Tilley
    13. Ideology, change and the European Early Bronze Age Stephen Shennan
    14. Sequences of structural change in the Dutch Neolithic Ian Hodder
    Part IV. Commentary: Childe's offspring Mark Leone

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    Ian Hodder, Stanford University, California


    Ian Hodder, D. Miller, Christopher Tilley, M. Alison Wylie, Susan Kus, Linda Wiley Donley, H. L. Moore, Mary Braithwaite, Michael Parker Pearson, Margaret W. Conkey, Michael Shanks, Stephen Shennan, Mark Leone

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